In the age of streaming entertainment, it can be hard to leave the couch. But movie theaters still offer a special experience for those willing to get out of the house. Want to see what's out there? Check out this week's lineup of acclaimed movies showing on the big screen in and around San Antonio.
Read on for the highest rated films to catch, based on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer Score, which reflects the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics.
Singin' in the Rain
In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 100 percent and an Audience Score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this old-school film has been a favorite of critics. The New York Daily News's Wanda Hale said, "'Singin' in the Rain' is another mighty fine MGM Technicolor musical comedy produced by Arthur Freed whose 'An American in Paris' copped seven Academy awards last week," while Mark Bourne of Film.com noted, "...this one's the Taj Mahal, Armstrong's footprint on the moon, the 2001 Arizona New York World Series, the Clash's London Calling, and the perfect foamy head on an expertly poured Guinness."
Catch it on the big screen at Santikos Embassy 14 (13707 Embassy Row), Santikos Northwest 14 (7600 I-10 West), and Santikos Palladium IMAX (17703 IH 10 West) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
A budding romance between noble underachiever Lloyd Dobler and high school valedictorian Diane Court is threatened when Diane's overly possessive, disapproving father interferes with their relationship. With a prized scholarship to study abroad hanging in the balance, Diane must find a way to make both men happy.
Boasting a Tomatometer Score of 98 percent and an Audience Score of 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1980s classic has been a favorite of critics.
"'Say Anything' is an easy film to like," according to Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter, while Variety's staff said, "Cusack and Skye's relationship develops nicely and believably, but Crowe has not written an entirely convincing character for the latter to play."
It's playing at Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak (22806 Us Highway 281 North) through Tuesday, April 23. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
Grave of the Fireflies
In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no surviving relatives and their emergency rations depleted, Seita and Setsuko struggle to survive.
With a Tomatometer Score of 97 percent and an Audience Score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1980s classic boasts plenty of accolades.
"One of the most startling and moving animated films ever," noted Glenn Kenny of The New York Times, while ReelViews' James Berardinelli said, "Some movies are such singular achievements that they deserve to be seen at least once by everyone who considers himself or herself to be a lover of film. 'Grave of the Fireflies' falls into that exclusive category."
It's playing at Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak (22806 U.S. Highway 281 North) through Saturday, April 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.
With a Tomatometer Score of 94 percent and an Audience Score of 65 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Us" has garnered plenty of praise since its release on March 22. The Chicago Reader's Ben Sachs said, " it achieves an insidious, lingering effect that's rarer in the horror genre," while Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor stated, "Ambition in the horror genre can be a good thing, but the overreach in this movie detracts from both the horror and the ambition. Having said that, (Director Jordan) Peele shows a marked advance in filmmaking skills here and, in her dual role, (Actress Lupita) Nyong'o is ferociously good."
It's playing at Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes (1255 S.W. Loop 410th) through Thursday, April 25; Santikos Embassy 14 (13707 Embassy Row) through Thursday, April 25; and Regal Alamo Quarry Stadium 16 (255 E. Basse Road) through Wednesday, April 24. Click here for showtimes and tickets.